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Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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PSC of Wisconsin Rejects Alliant's Proposed Coal Plant

LCG, November 12, 2008--The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin yesterday unanimously rejected the proposal from Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., to construct a 300-MW, coal-fired unit at either the Nelson Dewey Generating Station facility in Cassville or the Columbia Energy Center in Portage, Wisconsin.

WPL submitted an application to the PSC for permission to build the 300-MW facility in early 2007, and the Commission determined the application to be complete on December 19, 2007. The estimated cost of the new unit rose from $777 million to nearly $1.3 billion, and the PSC concluded that the project was too costly relative to alternatives. A Commissioner stated, "The record clearly demonstrates that there are alternatives that are more economically and environmentally sound."

Uncertainties regarding carbon legislation also played a role. Commission Chairperson Eric Callisto stated, "We are at a unique juncture in this country, and in Wisconsin, and decisions regarding new sources of electric generation need to account for the likely future costs of complying with constraints on carbon emissions."
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